Birmingham-based Mitchells & Butlers has announced it will recruit 1,000 apprentices over the next two years.

The apprentices will work for the company's various brands which include All Bar One, Browns, Harvester, Miller & Carter, Toby Carvery and Nicholson’s.

The company said the new starters will add to the 1,500 apprenticeships currently on its vocational learning programmes and ‘inspire young people to build a credible career pathway in the retail hospitality sector, and the opportunity to earn while they learn right up to degree level’.

Alistair Darby, chief executive at Mitchells & Butlers said: “Through our apprenticeship pledge we want to create opportunities for talented young people to make the step into the world of work with Mitchells & Butlers. Our apprentices can train with us, work with us, and build a career with us – helping us continue to deliver exceptional service to our guests.”

Matthew Hancock MP, Minister for Skills and Enterprise said: “It’s becoming the new norm for young people to choose to either go to university or begin an apprenticeship.

"So it’s great that Mitchells & Butlers has chosen National Apprenticeship Week to announce that 1,000 new Apprenticeships will be created within their organisation.

“Apprenticeships lead to great prospects and I would encourage other employers to follow Mitchells & Butlers’ lead and use Apprenticeships as an opportunity to grow their own talent and improve the skills base of their workforce.”

Mitchells & Butlers is working in partnership with Believe in Young People (BiYP), a charity dedicated to bringing business and schools together, to help bridge the gap between education and employment.

BiYP are supporting Mitchells & Butlers through a programme which connects employers and schools at a local level, together with integrating vocational skills into the secondary school curriculum.